Joe Delgado • Executive VP Sales & Marketing
Joe Delgado spent fifteen years at Christie in increasing positions of responsibility, as National Sales Manager, Director of Sales, and Vice President of Sales. During his tenure he increased by 10-fold the cinema presentation product sales of Christie, helping the company become a major force in the cinema industry. Previously he held various positions at JVC, including Sales Representative for video products for the Los Angeles and Las Vegas markets.
Bevan Wright • Executive VP Operations
In the industry since 1985, Bevan spent ten years as Cinema Systems Product and Engineering Manager at Christie, directing product development and engineering support for all cinema product lines, managing the product lines to develop and bring to market fully-integrated solutions for cinema exhibitors. The previous nine years he held engineering and operations positions at Christie, United Artists, and with other cinema exhibitors. He holds the Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University, and two patents in cinema projection technology.
Jerry Van de Rydt • President, Rydt Entertainment Systems
Jerry has been involved in the cinema industry for over 30 years. Previously he ran the Los Angeles office of MTS, which under his leadership became the largest cinema equipment distributor on the West Coast, outfitting over 2,000 screens for clients such as Pacific, Edwards, Mann, Harkins, & Krikorian Theaters, Deluxe Laboratories just to name a few. In 2002, he started his own company, Rydt Entertainment Systems which MiT aquired 3 years later.
David Richards • VP Engineering
David Richards has nineteen years of experience in the cinema industry. He spent five years in engineering and engineering management positions at Christie. He has been active in SMPTE for the past eighteen years, and presently serves on several of the SMPTE DC28 digital cinema committees as well as the Film Technology committee and Projection Technology committee. Mr. Richards is past chair of the SMPTE Hollywood section (’96-’97), and was Program Chair for the first and second SMPTE Film Conferences, held in 1997 and 1998. He is the author of several SMPTE papers and articles for various trade publications. He has a background in mechanical, electronic and electrical engineering design.
Glenn Sherman • PHD – CEO
Glenn Sherman has over twenty-five years leading and building technology companies, including nineteen years as founder, Chairman and CEO of Laser Power Corporation, growing the company to $35 million and taking it public through an IPO; one year as President and CEO of Christie; and one year as President and CEO of a company working on a unique digital cinema projector. At Laser Power, he lead extensive efforts to develop laser projectors for digital cinema. He has a background in manufacturing, marketing and sales, product engineering, research and development and finance. He acquired five companies and built strategic relationships with major companies worldwide. He has extensive international experience, including an acquisition in Belgium, strategic relationships with companies in Japan and Europe, and building a low cost manufacturing facility in Mexico. Dr. Sherman holds the BS, MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois.
Phil Rafnson • Chairman
Phil Rafnson has been a major participant in the cinema equipment business for over 30 years going from a sound engineer for RCA Service Co. to National Sales Manager for Xetron Inc., to President and owner of “MTS” the largest cinema equipment distribution company in the world until he sold his company, Media Technology Source, in 1999. He has served as Board member of the International Theatre Equipment Association for 12 years and Officer and President of that association for more than 4 years.
Thomas Lipiec • VP Sales & Customer Service
Thomas Lipiec has over thirty two years of professional experience in the cinema industry. Tom’s career began by occupying several positions at various cinema exhibitors. He later obtained engineering positions at Lucasfilm/THX and was the Director of the post-production division of THX Ltd. Additionally, he was the Vice President of Business Development at Constellation 3D. Tom’s involvement with Lucasfilm included collaborations with Skywalker Sound and ILM, etc. These specific technical efforts gained him 2 movie credits for Star Wars: Episode I and Star Wars: Episode II (D.C. & DVD). Tom joined MiT in October 2003.